Dan Newell, REALTOR®
Home Selling Tips
Tips and tricks to help make your home
selling experience a pleasant one...
Increasing Your Home's Curbside Appeal
Your home's exterior is the first thing a
potential buyer sees, when visiting your home. The following tips will help you
increase your home's curbside appeal and create a strong first impression to
potential home buyers.
Replace missing slats, stakes and posts.
Repair broken hinges and paint or stain
the fence if necessary.
Driveway, Garage, Carport
Clean up grease or oil spots on concrete
Make sure the garage door opens freely and
the automatic door opener is working.
Provide an unobstructed view of your home
from the street by not parking cars, boats or other vehicles in the
Polish door handles and door knockers.
Replace worn or broken items, such as an
unsightly mailbox or rusty doorbell.
Be sure porch lights are working and add
welcoming features such as a new door mat and flowering plants.
Siding and Trim
Consider painting the highlight features
of your home, such as trim work, shutters, gutters, downspouts and railings.
If necessary, add a fresh coat of exterior
paint to the exterior siding.
Remove debris such as tree branches and
Straighten the TV antenna.
Make any necessary repairs to worn
shingles or cracked surfaces.
Flowering plants and outdoor furniture add
Remove any unnecessary items such as
Tidy any visible items, such as an outdoor
grill or barbecue
Add Housewarming Appeal
Experience shows that creating a
housewarming feeling inside your home increases its desirability. View
your home with a critical eye. Clean, complete minor repairs, and add
Doors and Windows
Consider adding a fresh coat of
paint to your front door.
Polish brass fixtures and be sure
door locks work properly.
Oil hinges to both doors and
Keep stairways tidy and secure
Repair or replace bent or damaged
screens and window glass.
Cut back outdoor plants that
restrict natural light.
Keep windows clean and tidy with
draperies firmly affixed and in proper working order.
Floors and Carpets
Repair or replace missing or
damaged tile, hardwood, vinyl and baseboards.
Steam-clean or shampoo carpets.
Secure loose carpeting and replace
Be conscious of odors caused by
dampness, high-traffic areas or pets.
Closets and Storage Areas
Bedrooms and Living Areas
Keep living areas clean and
Arrange furniture to allow a
Make beds, arrange couch cushions,
dust shelves, vacuum carpets and touch-up walls with paint or
spackling as necessary.
Wallpaper should be clean and
adhere smoothly to the walls.
Finishing touches such as flowers
or candles add to the home's housewarming appeal.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
Clear counters, drawers and
cabinets of unnecessary items.
Clean soap dishes, mirrors,
faucets and appliances (inside and out).
Store cleaning supplies and hang
freshly washed towels.
Be conscious of odors caused by
dampness, hampers, garbage and various foods.
Counters and Cabinets
Garage or Workshop
Items should be neatly stored in
shelving or wall units.
Allow appropriate space for the
homebuyer to visualize their vehicle or workbench.
Consider moving excess or
over-sized items to mini-storage.
Keep Your Home in Working Order
Increase your home's chance of being
sold by ensuring that the mechanical and electrical components are in
Be sure light switches, lamps and
fixtures (inside and outside the home) are working properly and all
light bulbs have appropriate wattage.
Remember, bright light can make a
small space appear larger.
Softer light can provide a warm,
cozy atmosphere to empty spaces.
Re-enamel, patch or replace badly
chipped or stained fixtures.
Repair noisy toilets and faucets
that leak or spray water.
Ensure that sprinkler systems and
outdoor faucets are working properly.
Heating and Cooling Equipment
Appeal to the Homebuyers' Senses
Once you've prepared your home for
sale, keep a checklist of items to help you showcase your property to
potential homebuyers. Remember that your home will be judged not only on
its outward appearance, but also on the feelings it evokes in those who
view the property.
Use light to showcase your home.
Open draperies in the daytime and
turn on lights (day and night) to accentuate a cheerful atmosphere.
If you have a fireplace, burn a
Remove any potentially offensive
posters or signs.
Consider playing soft background
music while people tour your home.
If there is exterior noise, such
as traffic or nearby construction, work with your sales associate to
schedule showings around noisy times of day.
Grinding fresh lemon in a garbage
disposal or boiling cinnamon sticks can add a clean, fresh scent.
Candles, pot pourri and flowers
look nice and smell pleasant.
Lingering scents of
strong-smelling foods, smoke or pets may be aired out prior to
showing the home.
Baking cookies or bread before
showing the home adds a pleasant scent to the home.
Adding to the hospitable
atmosphere, potential homebuyers may also appreciate a cookie or
To ensure your safety, remember to
remove keys, jewelry and other valuables from the home during
Be sure to share necessary
information with your sales associate and potential homebuyers.
Gather manuals and warranties on
appliances in the home.
Make a list of items to be
excluded from the sale of the home and whenever possible, remove
them from the property. (For example, an outdoor hot tub may look as
though it is part of the home, but you plan to take it with you when
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